Inlay in the Form of a Collar (Pectoral)

Object Name: 
Inlay in the Form of a Collar (Pectoral)

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Object Name: 
Inlay in the Form of a Collar (Pectoral)
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 12.3 cm, W: 16.8 cm, Th: 0.7 cm
On Display
about 300-50 BCE
Primary Description: 
Inlay in the Form of a Collar (Pectoral). Opaque white strips with nine different combinations of opaque colors: (1) black and white in black matrix; (2) red and yellow; (3) white and red in black matrix; (4) black, blue, and yellow in red matrix; (5) black, yellow, and red; (6) white, black, red, and yellow; (7) black and light yellow in red matrix; (8) black and red in yellow matrix; (9) white, yellow, and red; nine different types of mosaic glass strip prepared by fusing slices of preformed canes; mosaic glass strips and plain white strips then assembled in desired pattern so that components fused in one object; upper surface probably finished by grinding and polishing. Collar. Decorated with nine rows of repetitive ornament separated by opaque white strips and with opaque white strip at top and bottom. Rows numbered from inside (top) to outside (bottom): (1) seventeen black and white anthemia (honeysuckle flowers), alternating with sixteen white trefoil-shaped leaves; (2) twenty-eight red and yellow flowers with four petals; (3) twenty-two rosettes, each with eight white petals and red dot at center; (4) fifty-six black, blue, and yellow striking cobras, those on left side of collar face right and those on right side face left; (5) thirty black, yellow, and red rosettes, each with eight yellow petals outlined in black and red dot at center; (6) thirty-three white, black, red, and yellow lotus flowers; (7) twenty-seven rosettes, each with eight light yellow petals outlined in black, and dot at center; (8) fourteen rosettes, each with eight black petals and red dot at center; (9) five groups of three yellow fruits or buds alternating with five groups of three red fruits or buds with white outlines. Upper surface of collar smooth; lower surface irregular, with some junctions of strips plainly visible. Strips vary in length and apparently include: in row (1) one leaf flanked by two half-flowers, (2) four flowers, (3) four rosettes, (4) seven cobras and nine cobras, (5) four and five rosettes, (6) three flowers, (7) four rosettes, (8) three rosettes, and (9) three red and three yellow fruits.
Tiliakos, Emmanuel, Source
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 1995-06-03 through 1995-10-22
Ancient and Islamic Glass: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2019) illustrated, pp. 38-39;
Pergamon and the Hellenistic kingdoms of the ancient world (2016) illustrated, p. 257; BIB# 144264
Glass: Virtual, Real (2016) illustrated, p. 112; BIB# 167899
The Corning Museum of Glass (2010) illustrated, p. 65;
Create Jewelry Glass (2009) illustrated, p. 32; BIB# 108860
Il Corning Museum (2005-06) illustrated, p. 20, left; BIB# AI98014
Mosaic Glass Necklaces from Ptolemaic Egypt: Gifts for Deities and the Deceased (2005) illustrated, pp. 317-318; color plates 91, 93; BIB# AI68494
Contemporary Marbles and Related Art Glass (2001) illustrated, p. 8, fig. 2-2a; BIB# 60407
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, pp. 11-12, #1; BIB# 65446
La Storia del Mosaico di Vetro (1995-09) illustrated, p. 82;
Designs in Miniature: The Story of Mosaic Glass (1995) illustrated, pp. 4-5, p. 10, Fig. 8; BIB# 26765
Recent Important Acquisitions, 37 (1995) illustrated, cover, frontispiece; BIB# AI36371